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* intelligent healthcare debate is threatened by Republican encouraged stupidity: “keep your government hands off my Medicare!”

Posted by Lew Weinstein on August 8, 2009

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Bill Maher writes on Huffington Post (8/7/09) …

  • New Rule: Just because a country elects a smart president doesn’t make it a smart country.
  • A few weeks ago I was asked by Wolf Blitzer if I thought Sarah Palin could get elected president, and I said I hope not, but I wouldn’t put anything past this stupid country.
  • ignorance has life and death consequences: On the eve of the Iraq War, 69% of Americans thought Saddam Hussein was personally involved in 9/11. Four years later, 34% still did.
  • At a recent town-hall meeting in South Carolina, a man stood up and told his Congressman to “keep your government hands off my Medicare.”
    • a majority of Americans cannot name a single branch of government, or explain what the Bill of Rights is.
    • Nearly half of Americans don’t know that states have two senators and more than half can’t name their congressman.
    • 18% of Americans think the sun revolves around the earth.
    • A third of Republicans believe Obama is not a citizen
    • did you know only about half of Americans are aware that Judaism is an older religion than Christianity? That’s right, half of America looks at books called the Old Testament and the New Testament and cannot figure out which one came first.
  • And these are the idiots we want to weigh in on the minutia of health care policy?

read the entire article at … http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bill-maher/new-rule-smart-president_b_253996.html

LMW COMMENT …

Ignorant citizens, stoked up and enraged by endlessly repeated Republican lies, claim they are being good Americans by refusing other Americans the right to civil discourse.

These are people who take Sarah Palin seriously, who believe a politician who makes George Bush look informed could run our country when she couldn’t even run Alaska or her own family.

We have elected a President who is intelligent, thoughtful and courageous, and yet we are embarrassed by people who are apparently too proud of their stupidity to bother to learn the facts before they begin to rant. It’s their right, of course, and questions should be raised about this complex legislation, but it is terrifying to watch the democratic process descend to mob rule, especially when one of our major political parties seems to be the cause.

Republicans elected Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush by convincing enough frustrated Americans to vote against their own interests. As long as the people are that stupid, Republicans will continue the same strategy, even as the more intelligent among them are as embarrassed as the rest of us.

The majority of Americans are smarter than that; we elected Obama, and we know that America is the only advanced country in the world that allows a substantial portion of its citizens to live uninsured and constantly on the edge of financial disaaster. Republicans have no compassion for those who are less well off.

This debate Obama will continue to win, so long as Democrats in Congress are not frightened by the Republican mobs.

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3 Responses to “* intelligent healthcare debate is threatened by Republican encouraged stupidity: “keep your government hands off my Medicare!””

  1. bassackwards said

    Obama has never governed anything. I know you are an Obama supporter and that’s cool… to each his own. But CAMPAINGING and governing are two different things altogether. And the inexperience is showing. Again, who cares what Palin or the tea party people are saying? Look at the facts and data. Fact: Obama has a democratically controlled congress he can’t convince to pass this bill. Data: Over half of Americans don’t want it.

  2. bassackwards said

    Give me a break. Would you like some cheese with your whine? Tell Obama to look in the mirror. The guy staring back at him is the one who can’t get the dems on board with this stupid health plan. You can gripe all you want but the polls show more than half of Americans are against this bill… so the only person to blame is the brilliant Obama.

    My God… can you guys ever form an argument without bringing up Sarah Palin?

    • Lew Weinstein said

      Blame John McCain for making Palin the national Republican figure she has become. Blame Palin for her own uninformed stupidity.

      MARK THIESSEN, Associated Press Writer, writes (8/8/09) …

      “Such a system is downright evil,” Palin wrote on her page, which has nearly 700,000 supporters. She encouraged her supporters to be engaged in the debate. The claim that the Democratic health care bills would encourage euthanasia has been circulating on the Internet for weeks and has been echoed by some Republican leaders. Democrats from Obama on down have dismissed it as a distortion. The nonpartisan group FactCheck.org, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania says the claim is false. The allegation appears to be based on a provision of the House bill that would require Medicare to pay for end-of-life counseling sessions, on a voluntary basis, for beneficiaries who want the service. Medicare already covers hospice care. And legislation passed by Congress in 1990 requires that patients be asked if they have a living will. Obama addressed the controversy during a July 28 AARP-sponsored town hall.
      “Nobody is going to be forcing you to make a set of decisions on end-of-life care based on some bureaucratic law in Washington,” he said.

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